Family traditions documentary photos: Saturday afternoon at the park

7 January 2018 Mothership Photography

You know what’s really awesome about cold January days when the temperature is hovering near minus 40C? You look at your website and realize there are nearly half a dozen terrific photo sessions that you clean forgot to share on the blog! Let’s go back to late October. The air had just started to turn […]

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Happy 2018!

1 January 2018 Photo of the Day

I completely missed taking – let alone sharing – a Christmas photo of the family, or even posting a holiday greeting here on the blog. 2017 was just sort of like that, you know? But here we are in a brand new year, and it’s the coldest new year’s day ever in Ottawa, so we […]

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A few thoughts on maximizing nutrition in holiday food drive donations

20 December 2017 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

I was standing in the cereal aisle at Loblaws, having a conversation with their in-house dietitian about making thoughtful, nutritious donations to local food banks during the holidays. We were comparing the sugar and fibre content of various cereals, when she looked at a box that was higher in sugar and lower in fibre than […]

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Euro2018: Booking accommodations in Paris

18 December 2017 Euro2018

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we’ve decided to take the boys on the adventure of a lifetime next summer: a week in London, England and a week in Paris. I’m not the world’s most sophisticated traveller, so I thought it would be fun to share the planning process. I’ve been watching flight costs […]

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Facebook launches a version of Messenger – for kids?!?

6 December 2017 Mothering without a licence

Have you heard this one? Facebook is launching a Messenger application dedicated to kids ages six to 13. Wait, what? Did you say SIX? From their launch message, Facebook promises: Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while […]

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A happier, safer winter with boots that don’t slip

6 December 2017 Canadianisms

Last winter I spent a disproportionate amount of time kvetching about my boots to Tristan as we walked the dog after dinner each night. Our rural street is sidewalk-free and not a bus route, so it spends most of the winter with a hardpack of icy snow on it, and I hate, hate, hate walking […]

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The Magic of Christmas and the Portable North Pole

22 November 2017 Happy holidays

You know what I love? Christmas. You know what one of my favourite things about Christmas is? Revisiting the same traditions year after year as the boys get older and watching them reinterpret the traditions for whatever age they are at. It’s been nearly a decade since we discovered the Portable North Pole (PNP), and […]

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Euro2018: Planning for the adventure of a lifetime

15 November 2017 Euro2018

Every now and then in my life, a luck bomb explodes. Circumstances happen to come crashing together in a way that makes amazing opportunities drop into my lap. One of those resulted in my amazing solo trip to Europe in 1995, and another resulted in our family trip on the Allure of the Seas back […]

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Photos of the day: The end of porch season 2017

7 November 2017 Mothership Photography

It has been a busy end-of-autumn run on the porch, so busy that I haven’t had time to blog about all the adorable kiddoes and their sweet families who came for portraits. Autumn is the craziest season for family portraits! It was still quite summer-like for fall when this little fellow came to the porch […]

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Ho! Ho! Hooray for Holiday Parades, the 2017 edition!

7 November 2017 Ottawa Family Fun

Dust off your jingle bells, dig out your Santa hat and strap on your reindeer antlers! Welcome to one of my favourite holiday traditions, the original and most comprehensive listing of all the Christmas, Holiday and Santa Claus parades for Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and West Quebec. It’s been a dozen (!!) years since our first […]

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